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Colliers Green Church of England Primary School

Art and Design

Why we teach Art and Design

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.” National Curriculum 2013

Teaching art and design inspires personal expression, creative and practical responses. It promotes imaginative risk taking, providing solutions to questions and issues within our material, social and virtual worlds. Through teaching art and design we believe that children are encouraged to express themselves, experiment and investigate, through making meaningful connections to all aspects of learning. Art and design also contributes to children’s well-being and to their social, emotional and cultural development.

Learning art supports our three school values:

  • Aspiration: loving the world through observing the world around us and asking questions to inspire us. 
  • Resilience: understanding that our work may not be as we first hoped, but that as the artist we have the right to continue to develop and hone a piece, and that if we continue to practise core skills, that we will improve
  • Community: that sharing our work can bring joy to others

The aims of our Art and Design curriculum

  • to explore the arts as a form of visual expression and understanding
  • to appreciate art from our own and other cultures
  • to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • to be knowledgeable about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • to use the language of art, craft and design to evaluate and analyse creative works
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines of great artists, and making links to their own work

How we teach Art and Design at Colliers Green

We teach art and design through research and practical activities, producing work to be shared amongst the school community. Children are encouraged make meaningful connections in art and design with the wider curriculum. Children are also encouraged and supported to use different methods of responding and capturing art and design, through the use of sketches, painting and photographs which will be recorded in individual sketch books.